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How the Design of Door Knockers Has Changed Over Time

Door knockers are the first detail of your home that will catch the attention of visitors and allow them to signal their presence to you. When one is carefully placed, it can give those visiting your home an indication of the design scheme within; and evidence your careful consideration of the detailed aspects of property design.

There’s a story behind every door knocker; particularly those ones that have lasted the course of history. Whilst sleek polished chrome and stainless brass door knockers are becoming ever more prevalent features at contemporary homes; there are still classic designs that remain.

Traditional Designs of Door Knockers


lion head door knockersSome of the oldest door knockers are those designed on the faces of animals; like our fantastic lion head door knockers from Carlisle Brass. In Britain, the lion is a national symbol; and appears everywhere from 10 Downing Street to the shirts of the national football team.

Lions have been a particularly popular choice for door knockers for centuries, with it commonly suggested that they were originally meant to act as guardians for a property. That idea of choosing a door knocker that ‘protects’ your home can also be applied to door knockers shaped like hands.

Our black iron hand knocker bears similarity to the classic ‘Hand of Fatima’; which is designed to look roughly like a human hand. Hand-shaped door knockers are particularly popular in Northern Africa and are said to ward off the eye of evil spirits.

Contemporary Door Knockers Becoming a More Common Choice


ring door knockersOver time these traditional door knockers have begun to share the market with contemporary ones. Whilst there will always be justifiable validity for products such as those made from traditional materials like black iron; it may just be that your home simply does not match to them.

When that is the case, your property may be better suited to one of our ring knockers; which can be supplied in modern finishes such as satin nickel, satin chrome and polished chrome. These slickly-stylized door knockers could blend perfectly with water-resistant, wooden front doors such as those made from Spanish Cedar or Jarrah.

At Handsome Handles we have many more door knockers available to customers than those covered in this article. We also stock an entirety of door handles and door knobs; and we’re certain that you’ll be satisfied with the choice on offer to you. You can get in touch with us by giving us a call on 07961832812; where a member of our enthusiastic and dedicated team will only be too happy to take your call. 

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